Chamara Somaratne joins Elabor8 as practice leader

02 November 2021 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Australian-origin business consultancy Elabor8 has welcomed senior expert Chamara Somaratne to its team. 

Based in Elabor8’s Melbourne office, Somaratne brings over two decades of experience in management consulting and technology to the firm. Over the past years, he served two boutique consultancies in senior roles, and before that he led the Strategy, Transformation and Innovation practices at both global giant Wipro and local player DXC Consulting. 

His track record centers around helping clients close the gap between strategy and execution in the digital realm. He specialises in business transformation, technology strategy, operating model design, performance improvement, cost effectiveness, and change management, and has served clients across sectors including financial services, healthcare, energy and utilities, manufacturing, retail and the public sector. 

Chamara Somaratne joins Elabor8 as practice leader

“We’re delighted to welcome Chamara to our team,” said Paul Velonis, an ex-PwC’er who co-founded Elabor8 in 2009. 

Somaratne has been appointed leader of the Cloud and Teaming Models practices. “Our Cloud practice helps clients navigate the challenges of adopting the cloud and using it to drive innovation and enable transformation,” explained Chamara. 

Velonis: “Chamara has extensive experience in technology management across strategy, the cloud, and transformation for major organisations around the world. This makes him ideally qualified to further our Cloud practice.” 

The Teaming Models practice is a relatively new service line that brings to market Elabor8’s offerings around building and grooming successful teams. The unit provides capacity for project execution, and advises clients on how they can build high performance teams, aligned to the strategic agenda and corporate culture.

“We’re pretty excited to leverage Chamara’s experience to guide the development of these two important services for Elabor8’s and to integrate them tightly within our overarching service offering.” 

One of Australia’s fastest growing consulting firms (Elabor8 was listed in the AFR Fast 100 list six years in a row), privately-held Elabor8 works over a quarter of the ASX50. Among the companies on its client roster are majors including AstraZeneca, Australia Post, BHP, NAB, Qantas, Rio Tinto, Vodafone and Westpac.